We offer angiography, angioplasty, stenting, atherectomy, catheter and port placement in our office.
We have a state-of-the art x-ray machine (OEC 9900 by GE) with the latest devices to treat all types of vascular disease. Our angiography suite is staffed by certified angiography technologists; our recovery room is staffed by a Registered Nurse with over 30 years experience.
What is an angiogram?
An angiogram is an imaging test that uses x-rays to view your body’s blood vessels. We use this test to study narrow, blocked, enlarged, or malformed arteries or veins in many parts of your body, including your brain, heart, abdomen, and legs. When the arteries are studied, the test is also called an arteriogram. If the veins are studied, it is called a venogram.
To create the x-ray images, we inject a liquid, sometimes called “dye”, through a thin, flexible tube, called a catheter. We thread a catheter into the desired artery or vein from an access point. The access point is usually in your groin but it can also be in your arm or, less commonly, a blood vessel in another location. This “dye, ” properly called contrast, makes the blood flowing inside the blood vessels visible on an x-ray. The contrast is later eliminated from your body through your kidneys and your urine. We may recommend an angiogram to diagnose a variety of vascular conditions including:
- Blockages of the arteries outside of your heart, called peripheral artery disease (PAD)
- Enlargements of the arteries, called aneurysms
- Kidney artery conditions, called renovascular conditions
- Problems in the arteries that branch off the aorta
- Malformed arteries, called vascular malformations
Sometimes we can also treat a problem during an angiogram. For instance, we may be able to dissolve a clot that we discover during the test. We may also perform an angioplasty and stenting procedure to clear blocked arteries during an angiogram, depending on the location and extent of the blockage. An angiogram can also help us plan operations to repair the arteries for more extensive problems.